The Michigan basketball program has seen a lot of key names depart in the last couple months, either to graduation or transferring to other schools. A depleted roster with still a core of talent preparing for the 2016-17 schedule will be searching for answers on the fly.
However on Monday, U-M got some good news to go their way and help them for the next few seasons as Kentucky Wildcats transfer Charles Matthews is reportedly taking his talents to Ann Arbor beginning in the 2017-18 season.
Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews is headed to Michigan, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 21, 2016
Matthews was a freshman this past year for Kentucky, playing in 36 games while averaging just a little over 10 minutes per contest. For the year, he shot 44.2 percent (23-52 FG) and a poor 14-34 from the free throw line.
The former 4-star recruit out of St. Rita High School in Chicago was regarded among the top players in the state of Illinois, a top-100 recruit overall and ranked in the top-20 among shooting guards. He announced back in May that he was going to depart the UK program to explore other and better options. He was the first recruit for the Wildcats in the class of 2015 and chose them over the likes of Kansas, Marquette and U-M’s conference rivals Illinois and Michigan State.
According to reports, the decision by Matthews came down to Michigan and Xavier.
Due to NCAA rules, Matthews will have to sit out for the 2016-17 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. When he does hit the court, he will join the class of 2016 that will have a year under their belt along with 2017 commit Jordan Poole (King H.S. – Milwaukee), who is regarded as the top basketball prospect in the state of Wisconsin for ’17 class.